Ex-MI5 director general to speak at IP EXPO

Ex-MI5 director general to speak at IP EXPO

Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General for MI5 and inspiration for ‘M’ in the Bond films, will address the audience at a Manchester tech event next month.

IP EXPO Manchester, taking place 18-19 May at Manchester Central, is part of a European enterprise IT event series, including IP EXPO Europe in London and IP EXPO Nordic in Sweden.

Now in its second year, the event is designed to educate and inform professionals across the IT spectrum, covering everything required to power a digital enterprise and support digital transformation.

IP EXPO Manchester’s core focus for 2016 will be emerging business technologies and how such technologies are supporting business transformation for the digital enterprise. The 2016 event will encompass six events under one roof for the first time, covering all key aspects of enterprise technology: Cloud and Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Data Centre, DevOps, Data Analytics and Unified Communications.

Over 70 specialist technology providers will showcase their technologies across the two day event, with an anticipated 4,000 attendees expected to come through the doors.

In addition to unveiling the latest developments in IT, the event will also showcase brand new exclusive content and a dedicated programme of free-to-attend seminars.

The opening keynote will be given by Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General for MI5. Dame Stella was the first woman to take the post of Director General and the first to be publicly named by MI5.

Appointed in 1992, Dame Stella worked across the Security Service’s main fields – counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism – becoming successively Director of all three branches.

With impending legislation like the Investigatory Powers Bill hitting the news, plus challenges in the global technology industry – such as Apple’s digital privacy battle with the FBI – security is once again at the top of the agenda for businesses.  This is a rare opportunity to hear from a true pioneer in the world of secret service.

Other speakers of note include James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft Ltd, Amazon Web Services technical evangelist, Ian Massingham, and leading UK tech personality, Dr Sue Black OBE.

IP EXPO Manchester will take place on 18-19 May at Manchester Central.